The Ultimate Deck Building Quiz

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The Ultimate Deck Building Quiz
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About This Quiz

Building a deck is fairly easy, assuming you don't have two left thumbs. There are many ways of doing it yourself, but before you get started, take this quiz to learn more about building a deck.
What phenomenon has made homemade deck building easier than ever before?
Do-it-yourself projects have become more affordable and efficient.
Do-it-yourself projects have become more affordable and efficient than ever before, so more plans and materials have become increasingly available.
There is a greater abundance of materials than ever before.
Do-it-yourselfers have become more proficient and capable.

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What legalities do you need to look into before building a deck?
the possible change in your voting rights once you build
the taxation laws where you live
the building codes in your city
You need to check out the building codes in your city and find out what is legally permitted.

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What additional things should you consider before you begin to build a deck?
what your friends and neighbors will say
the amount of time and experience you have
You should take into consideration your time and experience constraints.
the nature of the dinner parties and barbeques that you intend to have on it

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What must you obtain before building?
the foundation slab of your home
the required municipal permits
You must obtain the required municipal permits allowing you to extend the bounds of your home structure.
your original property papers

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If you're building on your own property, why do you need a permit?
for civil rights purposes
for tax purposes
for safety purposes
It's for your own safety. If people were entitled to build whatever they wanted, wherever they wanted, building structures could become unsafe. So any kind of extending (as well as some kinds of internal building) require a permit.

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Where can you get help to plan your deck?
from property developers
from instruction manuals
from online sites
The best way is to do research online. There are loads of great sites that can help you plan and they'll even display a visual image for you.

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A thorough building plan will contain floor plans, elevation measurements, dimensions, materials and tools needed for the project. What is such a plan called?
a blueprint
It's called a blueprint and it should contain all and any information relevant to your project.
a design
a master plan

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What is the best kind of material to use for your deck?
wooden parquetry
pressure-treated lumber
It's best to use pressure-treated lumber, although cedar is also a popular choice.
linoleum

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What will you use joists for?
framing
You'll use joists (or horizontal beams) for framing.
elevation
wood staining

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Which of these tools do you need for deck building?
a putty knife, a silicone spatula, a welder
a screwdriver, dowels, a plastic trowel
a drill, a saw, a level
You need, among other things, a drill, a saw and a level.

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What small items bear the weight and size of your deck?
set screws and twinfast screws
16d nails and galvanized deck screws
The small items are nails and screws! But you must use the right ones for the job. So, 16d nails and galvanized deck screws are both ideal ones to bear the weight and size of a deck.
sheet metal screws and masonry nails

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Why is it inadvisable to use wood treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA) for your deck?
because it is not water repellant
because it is a pesticide
According to the EPA, it is a pesticide and is thus harmful to your health.
because it absorbs the sun's rays

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When you pour the deck pad, you must ensure that it is:
clean
non-toxic
level
The deck pad, which serves as the very foundation of your deck, must be level.

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Before you begin, why should you install flashing along your home?
to protect it from moisture
Flashing is used as moisture prevention. It is essentially a water barrier.
to keep it from crumbling
to maintain its outer texture

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According to some building regulations, what do you need on each joist?
a joist stick
a joist hanger
Some regulations mandate that you put a joist hanger on each joist.
a bracket

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What can you use to stabilize the deck's handrails?
coping
parapets
balusters
You can use balusters to form a balustrade, supporting the handrails.

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If you have excessive water on your wooden deck, what could happen?
It could damage the wood and destabilize it.
Excessive water means it could do some damage. It might seep into the wood and destabilize the entire structure.
It could wash the dirt away.
It could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

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Can a well-made deck hold any weight?
It depends who you ask.
No, not necessarily.
No, even a well-made one doesn't necessarily hold any weight. That is why it is important to be aware of the load that your deck can bear, so as to prevent deck collapse.
Yes, of course.

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How important is regular maintenance for your deck?
Fairly important. If you maintain it, say, once in five years, it'll look as good as new.
Not very important. Once you have made it structurally sound, there is not much more you need to do.
Very important. It can make a big difference to the lifespan of your deck.
It is very important to regularly maintain your deck. Doing so will make all the difference to how long it lasts and how safe it remains.

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Why should you use gloves when building a deck?
in order to satisfy building regulations
in order to prevent splinter wounds or cuts
Gloves are important for keeping your hands safe. If you're lugging wooden beams, sawing lumber or nailing in nails, gloves prevent you from getting splinter wounds or cuts.
in order to keep out the cold

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